Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life (Marshall B. Rosenberg)

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Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

“An enlightening look at how peaceful communication can create compassionate connections with family, friends, and other acquaintances, this international bestseller uses stories, examples, and sample dialogues to provide solutions to communication problems both at home and in the workplace. Guidance is provided on identifying and articulating feelings and needs, expressing anger fully, and exploring the power of empathy in order to speak honestly without creating hostility, break patterns of thinking that lead to anger and depression, and communicate compassionately. Continue reading…

How to Make Someone Fall in Love with You in 90 Minutes or Less (Nicholas Boothman)

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How to Make Someone Fall in Love with You in 90 Minutes or Less

“Building on the power of first impressions, Nicholas Boothman shows how to find and meet the love of your life—and have that person fall in love with you—in a mere 90 minutes, or approximately the time it takes to have a first dinner date. Now in paperback, this follow-up to his bestselling How to Make Someone Like You in 90 Seconds or Less is updated throughout with information on Internet dating, bringing together all of Mr. Continue reading…

Honoring the Self: Self-Esteem and Personal Tranformation (Nathaniel Branden)

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Honoring the Self: Self-Esteem and Personal Tranformation

“‘Tell me how a person judges his or her self-esteem,’ says pioneering psychologist Nathaniel Branden, ‘and I will tell you how that person operates at work, in love, in sex, in parenting, in every important aspect of existence—and how high he or she is likely to rise. The reputation you have with yourself—your self-esteem—is the single most important factor for a fulfilling life.’

How to grow in self-confidence and self-respect.

How to nurture self-esteem in children.

How to break free of guilt and fear of others’ disapproval. Continue reading…

Living the Truth: Transform Your Life Through the Power of Insight and Honesty (Keith Ablow)

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Living the Truth: Transform Your Life Through the Power of Insight and Honesty

“Dr. Keith Ablow, bestselling author and host of a new daily one-hour daytime-TV talk show, presents his first self-help book. Based on more than 20 years of clinical experience and highlighting stories from his own practice, Ablow shows how ignoring or burying painful memories and experiences can negatively affect every aspect of our lives, and he presents strategies to help the reader transform the pain of the past into the power of the future. Continue reading…

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

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Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

“Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s famous investigations of ‘optimal experience’ have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness and greatly improve the quality of our lives.”

New Books Playground says: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience is one of our favorites, though we still wish to just get into the “zone” whenever we like. Continue reading…

Get Anyone to Do Anything (David J. Lieberman)

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Get Anyone to Do Anything

“Are you tired of being manipulated and taken advantage of? Do you sometimes feel you’re not being listened to and don’t get the respect and cooperation that you deserve? If you’ve ever wanted the ability to take control of every conversation and situation, now you’ve got it! Why go through life letting others lead you, when you can use the greatest psychological secrets to make things go your way… get anyone to do anything… and never feel powerless again! Continue reading…

On Desire: Why We Want What We Want (William B. Irvine)

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On Desire: Why We Want What We Want

“A married person falls deeply in love with someone else. A man of average income feels he cannot be truly happy unless he owns an expensive luxury car. A dieter has an irresistible craving for ice cream. Desires often come to us unbidden and unwanted, and they can have a dramatic impact, sometimes changing the course of our lives.

In On Desire, William B. Irvine takes us on a wide-ranging tour of our impulses, wants, and needs, showing us where these feelings come from and how we can try to rein them in. Continue reading…

The Behavior of Crowds (Everett Dean Martin)

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The Behavior of Crowds

“Since the publication of Le Bons book, The Crowd, little has been added to our knowledge of the mechanisms of crowd-behavior. As a practical problem, the habit of crowd-making is daily becoming a more serious menace to civilization. Events are making it more and more clear that, pressing as are certain economic questions, the forces which threaten society are really psychological.

Interest in the economic struggle has to a large extent diverted attention from the significance of the problems of social psychology. Continue reading…

No Contest: The Case Against Competition (Alfie Kohn)

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No Contest: The Case Against Competition

No Contest stands as the definitive critique of competition. Contrary to accepted wisdom, competition is not basic to human nature; it poisons our relationships and holds us back from doing our best. In this new edition, Alfie Kohn argues that the race to win turns all of us into losers.”

New Books Playground says: No Contest: The Case Against Competition is one of the most important books we know, because we have this vague idea that competition was normal or that we’d need to compete—but, no. Continue reading…

Overcoming Resistance: A Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Integrated Approach (Albert Ellis)

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Overcoming Resistance: A Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Integrated Approach

“‘Albert Ellis has written many books on his favorite topic Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. Although he writes on that topic very well, he often does not write about generic psychotherapy. REBT is an integrative form of psychotherapy. Following this model, psychotherapists can incorporate many diverse techniques and strategies to change clients’ dysfunctional behaviors and emotions. Much of what Al identifies as good REBT in this book is just good psychotherapy. Because people so universally identify Al with REBT, people may generally overlook his wisdom as a clinician. Continue reading…